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RECENT COCKTAILS: FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Mezcal, Averna, Apricot liqueur, Fino sherry, Bitters, Orange bitters
JANUARY 31, 2019
Aquavit, Bianco Vermouth, Pear liqueur, Bitters, Oleo-saccharum, Star anise, Lemon peel
JANUARY 30, 2019
Bourbon, Aromatized wine, Luxardo Bitter, Ramazzotti, Peychaud's Bitters, Lemon juice, Cinnamon syrup, Orange peel
JANUARY 21, 2019
Blanco tequila, Dry vermouth, Grapefruit bitters, Triple sec, Lime peel
JANUARY 7, 2019
Bourbon, Lime juice, Cinnamon syrup, Sage
DECEMBER 10, 2018
Blended Scotch, Madeira, Crème de Banane, Cranberry bitters, Allspice Dram, Cranberry, Lime peel
NOVEMBER 11, 2018
Curaçao, Apricot liqueur, Rye, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange bitters, Salt
OCTOBER 28, 2018
Applejack, Rye, Sweet vermouth, Cherry Liqueur, Allspice Dram, Brandied cherry
OCTOBER 26, 2018
Virgin Islands Rum, Amer Picon, Balsamic Vinegar, Cherry syrup
OCTOBER 19, 2018
Pisco, Mezcal, Peychaud's Bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Egg white, Cucumber, Salt

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

Who Makes My Bourbon?

This is the fifth in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

About a year ago, GQ exerpted this great picture from David Haskell's The Kings County Distiller Guide to Urban Moonshining. Click the image on the left to see the detail. It’s pretty easy to see from this that there are really only thirteen major Bourbon producers in the United States. These 13 distilleries are owned by only nine companies.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You can’t walk into a liquor store and not see an entire 50 foot shelf of Bourbons with names you’ve never heard of. Some of them are even local. All of them have great stories on the back about how this particular Bourbon was the favorite of Ulysses S. Grant or Al Capone or was made by some hill-William from a secret family recipe only recently rediscovered inside a hollow log in Possum Lick, Kentucky. Like the Templeton Rye label to the left. Click it to expand and read it.

Recent Additions

  • High Horse — Añejo rum, Kirschwasser, Cherry Liqueur, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Brandied cherry
  • Electric Circus — Gin, Melon liqueur, Genepy, Bitters, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
  • Monkey Business — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Crème de Banane, Fernet Branca, Orange peel
  • (the) UNREP — Brandy, Crème de Violette, Lemon bitters, Dragonfruit
  • Sassburger — Blanco tequila, Strega, Ginger liqueur, Meyer lemon juice

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Cableknit, 9 hours ago jensck commented:

    Seriously strange. Maybe it's because I used a different coffee liqueur (Tempus Fugit), but I'm not sure these flavors work together.

  • Re String Theory, 11 hours ago stirred commented:

    Good winter vibes. Same vein as Left Hand and Black Lodge. Add to rotation.

  • Re Last Word, 1 day ago Craig E commented:

    Abigail Gullo makes a Last Laugh by straining this into a champagne flute and topping with cava, with a lime twist.

  • Re The Smoked 45, 1 day 18 hours ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Quite sweet - dropped Cointreau to 0.5 oz

  • Re Tolkien, 2 days 11 hours ago lesliec commented:

    It's good you guys aren't just Tolkien in your sleep.